According to the Mirror, Everton are keen on Arsenal forward Theo Walcott this summer and could make a £30m bid to procure his signature. The England international finished the season outside of the starting eleven with the Gunners and could be open to a move if manager Arsene Wenger cannot guarantee him more playing time this upcoming campaign.
Everton are looking to bring in cover for Yannick Bolasie, with the winger still out with an injury until 2018. Leicester City’s Demarai Gray is reportedly a transfer target too. The Toffees have spent close to £100m on new players this summer, which could rise to £50m should they sign Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson.
And given they finished seventh in the Premier League last season, Walcott may feel Everton will be the real deal in 2017/18. The 28-year-old scored 10 goals in 23 Premier League starts the previous campaign but hardly featured in the last few weeks after quotes made in the aftermath of April’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
He also didn’t fit Arsenal’s devised 3-4-2-1 system. Nevertheless, Walcott has been training hard this summer to get himself back into contention but faces stiff competition for a starting place if the Gunners sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar or Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez as expected.
The winger may call time on his Arsenal career this summer if Everton can guarantee him a regular starting spot.